The Legion of Mary was founded on Sept. 7, 1921 in Ireland. It now has a unit, called a praesidium, in about 170 countries. The Legion of Mary, a worldwide apostolic organization comprised of lay men, women and youth who offer their services to pastors. St. Ann Parish in Salt Lake City has had active participation in the Legion of Mary group for more than 40 years.
On Sept. 27, 1982, Monsignor John Sullivan, St. Ann’s pastor from 1982 to 2003, introduced the Legion of Mary to the parish.
Legion of Mary groups are called presidium. At St. Ann’s, Our Lady of Perpetual Help presidium members meet weekly to pray the rosary, but that is only the beginning of their service in the parish.
The foundation of our legion has to do with the performance of substantial active Legion of Mary works, in the spirit of faith, and in union with Mary, in such a fashion that those worked for, the person of our Lord is once again seen and served by Mary, his mother,” said Pam Lagerquist, a presidium member. “We are all called to be lay apostolate. The Legion of Mary has kept the Church alive like the army since its foundation.”
Members of the parish’s presidium also live out their faith by taking communion to the sick and shut-ins, helping with the bereavement ministry, praying the rosary at viewings when requested and teaching religious education.